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ADOC worker arrested for possession of drugs, contraband

Nina Rodgers, 60, was responsible for running the commissary store at Donaldson prison before her arrest.

William E. Donaldson Correctional Facility in Jefferson County. Google Earth

Nina Rodgers, 60 years old, was arrested Thursday on charges of bringing contraband into an Alabama Department of Corrections facility.

Rodgers was arrested at the William E. Donaldson Facility and was responsible for running the commissary store at the prison. Rodgers was booked into the Jefferson County jail and charged with drug trafficking of meth, possession of marijuana in the first degree and promoting prison contraband in the first degree.

However, according to sources, that is not the only thing Rodgers had on her prior to being booked into Jefferson County. Rodgers was found in possession of the contraband by correctional officers and she also had fentanyl. But the officers flushed the fentanyl prior to Rodgers being taken to jail. 

The officers responsible for flushing the fentanyl according to sources were Lieutenant Harris and Captain Sanders. The officers apparently felt bad for Rodgers due to her age and did not want her to be incarcerated essentially for the rest of her life. 

Rodgers was released Thursday after bonding out. Her total bond was $42,500. 

There are drug overdoses that occur in many prisons across the state almost daily. According to one source, Donaldson specifically has one drug overdose or instance of violence every day. 

Many individuals who have loved ones in prison have told APR how much they fear the distribution of drugs in prison and often say it is the workers and guards who are bringing the drugs in more than the incarcerated.

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Davina Carroll told APR that she fears for her son’s life because he had a drug addiction prior to going to prison but it has only gotten worse because of the access and prevalence of the substances in prison.

“How is he supposed to get better,” Carroll pleaded. “Something needs to be done.” 

Patrick Darrington is a reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter. You can reach him at [email protected].

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